4.17.2014

Cryx - Soul Harvester

 It is no secret that iron liches like souls, so it just makes sense to equip a slayer with a soul collecting apparatus.  Erebus here is just that.  I am not sure why I haven't picked him up and added him to my collection yet other than hobby-a.d.d.
 Compared to the previous bonejack, I increased the amount of purple which I think helps create more contrast.  I am starting to like this colour scheme!
Until next round, be well.

4.16.2014

Cygnar - The First Step

 I recently got the Cygnar Battlegroup into my dirty hands.  I know, they aren't trolls or Cryxians, but I have a couple of really good reasons for starting up the boys (and girls) in blue.
 The first reason is that we have a new FLGS; Everything Games which is only a couple blocks from my home!  During a Warmachine night, we convinced them to start up a Journeyman League.  As you can see, I chose Cygnar.
 I have assembled a lot of starter boxes since 1994, and I am used to the single poses and flat sculpts with little or no motion.  Warmachine battle boxes come with the same models you buy separately, there is no loss of quality just for starting out.  They don't come with extra bits (which is not  PP thing) but the plastic sculpts are loaded with detail and movement.
 This is the Ironclad, the battlegroup's beatstick.  Like most of the warjacks, there is some room for posing (in the arms) and it fits together really well.
 I am usually an proponent of alternate colour schemes, it makes my army stand out while letting me play with colour combinations.  I chose green for these, with the blue and tan on the upper surfaces.  From the top (which is the angle they are usually seen) there is enough blue that they are easily recognized  as Cygnar.
 Every surface with a Cygnus (the swan symbol) was done blue as well, to reinforce the allegiance.
 At first I was unsure of how they would look, but I was undeterred.  Once they were finished and based I grew to like them fast.  It proves that it is worth it to hold off any judgement until the model is finished.  These guys almost got a bath in Simple Green, I'm glad I didn't.
 I've used them a few times, and I am slowly getting used to the play style (no first turn running?!?!?)  And I am enjoying every minute of it.  I am looking forward to the league progressing, learning a new army and facing new opponents, both of which will help me learn more about the game.
 Cygnar light 'jacks are completely different than bonejacks.  They are only marginally lesser than a heavy, and often armed with awesome weapons.  It is interesting to play a faction with decent technologies.
 The second reason for collecting a new faction is to build a "house army", thus the RHG stencils on the armour.  They will be for anyone to use and to defend RHG in any team-based tournaments.  This battlegroup specifically will be used for demo games as well.
 The box consists of 11pts, like most battlegroups.  Once I add all the mercenaries that will work for Cygnar I have 46pts!  I love mercenaries!!
 My third reason is slightly more exciting (well I am excited at least).  I have applied to become a Press Ganger and spread the good word of Warmachine.  This is my second battlegroup (the first is the Cryx box), you can't run demos with only one battlegroup!  The application is in, and I wait with baited breath...
 The warjacks got a "tabletop quality" paintjob, while Coleman received a character-grade job which is an extra layer of highligts.  He also got more blue, which really makes him stand out in the group (that and his red hair).
 In other news, I am creeping ever closer to becoming a full-time hobbyist.  The only bad part about that is my commission prices will have to go up on new projects, not by much, but enough to pay rent.  An update about that soon.
Until next round, be well.

4.14.2014

Khador - Sniper Team

 Here is the first finished unit for the Northern Army, a quartet of widowmakers.  I really like the widowmaker models, they have lots of character, details and one of the most awesome unit leaders in the faction (model wise, not rules wise).
Until next round, be well.

4.09.2014

Cryx - Test Bonejack

 Here is a test mini for an upcoming project.  The idea was for a bone-coloured Cryx army with dark purple as a secondary colour. I recommended that the actual bones (like skulls and whatnot) be done a grey tone with thrall flesh as a highlight.  The pink engine glow was his idea.
 The little guy looks fine, but I think more purple is needed, just one more plate would have made it work better.  Luckily, there are still three more bonejacks to work with.
Until next round, be well.

4.08.2014

Space Wolves - Younglings

 Unlike more 'codex' chapters, the Space Wolves put their newest battle-ready recruits into power armour and send them into melee with the enemy to prove their worth.  It is odd, but given the 'Wolves nature it seems useful.  The Blood Claws tend to be the most psychopathic in combat.
 This pack will be lead by a more veteran (and level-headed) great wolf.  At least I think that is what they are called, not 100% sure on that one.  He is the last of this batch, there might be a couple more things in the 'Wolves' future.

 Until next round...
...be well.

Khador - Black Oil and Smoke

 The Northern Army isn't above hiring a couple of shady mercenaries, like Gorman di Wulfe.  It makes sense since this guy can be really annoying on the tabletop with his smoke and oil.
 This is one of those Warmachine models that is really fun to paint, even though he is a single piece and a static pose.  There are a lot of folds (which are always nice to paint) and a few interesting details to bring out the character.
 For Gorman, I reversed the colour scheme making the red secondary and bringing the grey up to primary.  I think this helps to make him look shady while keeping him withing the established pallet.  The greens might show up on future models like widowmakers and other infantry.
Until next round, be well.

4.07.2014

Cryx - Guardian for Hire

 The ogrun bokur is a model that I have been planning to get for a while.  Other things caught my attention, projects arose, and I often forgot to even look for one.  At some point I saw him on a shelf and finally picked him up.  Then he sat, collecting dust for a little bit, until I finally picked him up to work on him a little bit at a time.
 This ogrun will be very useful for my Cryx solos so he can take the hits for them, my skarlocks approve.  I haven't used him in a game yet, but I am plotting to soon.
 Like most of my mercenaries, I deviated from the standard scheme of the hiring army.  I felt like playing with some greens and applying multiple layers (which only partially worked out).
Until next round, be well.

4.01.2014

Trolls - Mekanikal Help

 I picked up the gobber tinker as soon as I found out about Raluk, the Ironmonger.  With a 'jack marshal in the army I would be needing someone to help repair the trolljacks  and war wagon.
 Also, this model is incredibly neat.  I play Infernal Contraption as much as I can, and this guy looks like he came straight out of that crazy game.  (If you haven't picked it up yet do so...now!)  The assembly was bit annoying since you have to balance it just right, and fit things just right, and fiddle with it a bit to make it all fit.  But once it is together it loves the paintbrush.
 Like with most mercenaries I paint, I diverted from the standard colour scheme a bit.  I kept the metallics and wood the same, which ties him in with the rest of the army combined with the base.  Sadly, Hoggle the tinker often gets killed before doing anything very useful, it's like nobody wants me to repair anything.....
Until next round, be well.

3.31.2014

Khador - On Foot

 The Drakhun needed a walking version, for when he knocked off his horse, and this model was sent to fill that role.  Although it isn't the actual model (and he is missing his shield and helmet) it should suffice without any problem.
 Next up for this army is Gorman all dressed up in Khador colours!
Until next round, be well.

3.27.2014

Blood Bowl - Evil Rat Men

 The next team in the Blood Bowl project is the Skaven team.  Like the team previous, the Tomb Kings, these are third party models.  Also like the last team, I'm not sure where they are from (other than the tunnels below).  Each of the models seem to be made of resin, except for the rat ogre and assassins.
 The sculpts are nice, although there is some crazy flash here and there, and each model is slightly different, which is a nice change from the core set teams.
 I went for a dirty sewer theme on the colours.  I figure that this is the brightest that dirty rat men can get.
 They were fast to paint, while also being interesting enough to paint.

 I really liked the rat ogre.  All of the poses embody the feel of the rats.  Many times during painting I could almost hear the chittering.
 With these guys done, there are only three teams to go (plus some additional humans).
 Until next round...
...be well.